Mariano is an Arnhold Environmental Graduate Fellow working on a joint research initiative between emLab and Conservation International to assess ocean investment opportunities with the potential to generate both high economic returns and meaningful social and conservation outcomes. Prior to the Arnhold Fellowship, Mariano worked with Conservation International leading a financial feasibility assessment for a new seafood venture in Galapagos, Ecuador. He also collaborated with the World Wide Fund for Nature developing a socio-economic impact analysis of the bottom trawling ban implemented in 2018 in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Mariano graduated from the National University of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He then completed a specialized degree program in Human Development and is currently pursuing his master’s degree at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management with a specialization in Economics and Politics of the Environment and Coastal Marine Resources Management. In his free time, Mariano can be found enjoying the beach, running, or hiking Santa Barbara trails.